Who can fire special counsel Robert Mueller?

Posted June 20, 2017

A long-time friend of Donald Trump said on Monday that the President was considering whether to fire Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the his campaign and Russian officials.

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One when asked if Trump was considering firing Mueller.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting, "Now that we know TRUMP IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION, Sessions should take it back & fire Mueller".

The CEO is Newsmax Media called Mueller "illegitimate" as a special counsel because the investigation itself has no basis. The White House on Monday night said that Ruddy did not speak for Trump but did not deny that Trump was weighing whether to let Mueller go. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, who is unafraid to tangle with Trump, said firing Mueller would be "a disaster, " since the special counsel had done nothing to be fired.

He told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that Mueller "did not hire a single Republican in the first wave" of staffing for his investigation.

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that while he feels "independent counsels are very risky", he doesn't think Trump should force Mueller out.

Before Comey testified, Trump suggested there might be a White House recording of their private dinner, which Comey said he hopes there is.

The Times reports that Trump was talked out of firing Mueller by his staff, but this isn't the last that we are probably going to hear about the President trying to fire someone who is investigating him because that is what guilty people do.

A number of key Republicans have publicly advised Trump to keep Mueller.

In 1973, amid the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. "And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said. Ruddy says he does not believe Trump will follow through on his consideration to remove Mueller. Trump, who isn't typically shy about leveling criticism, especially on Twitter, hasn't commented on the longtime former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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It wasn't clear whether Ruddy, who speaks with the president often, was basing his remarks on a specific conversation with the president or entirely on Sekulow's comments.

"I don't know who you're talking to because I've had great with the president through many years", Ruddy said.

The Justice Department declined CBS News' request for comment.

White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the White House that day, but said he hadn't meet with the president and never spoke with him about the issue.

Rosenstein would not answer questions Tuesday about his role in Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, May 9.

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Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, the responsibility would fall to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who Trump could order to fire Mueller.